Aug. 31, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - While her teammates have to until the first week of October for their first competition of the year, University of Alabama freshman diver Callan Buck will get her rookie season going this week as part of the United States National Team at the 18th FINA World Junior Diving Championships being held in Tucson, Ariz.
"This is obviously a tremendous opportunity for Callan and is should be a great experience that will hold her in good stead as she goes through her rookie season," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said.
Buck, who earned her spot on Team USA by finishing second off the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Junior National Championships, will begin competition Friday. She scored 430.70 points in the 3-meter finals to earn the silver medal.
The Keller, Texas, native spent the first part of the week taking part in a national team training camp in Tucson in preparation for the competition.
Buck won't be the only member of the Crimson Tide family at the Junior World Championships. She'll be joined by UA diving coach Pat Greenwell who is serving on the judging panel for the meet.
The 2010 Junior World Diving Championships will mark the first time in 25 years that the event has been held in the United States. More than two dozen countries are slated to compete in the six-day event, with several past Olympians expected in the field.